Beverly L. Knowles

Congressional Aide

Beverly L. Knowles, 88, who worked for 24 years as a secretary-receptionist in the Washington office of Representative and later Sen. Lee Metcalf (D-Mont.), died Aug. 12 of cardiac arrest and complications of diabetes at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Fredericksburg.

After his election in 1952 to the U.S. House of Representatives, Metcalf hired Miss Knowles to be a receptionist and secretary in his Washington office. After Metcalf became a senator in 1960, Miss Knowles continued to work for him until his death in 1978. She retired in 1979.

Miss Knowles was born in Butte, Mont. She graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1938 with a degree in journalism. After graduation, she moved to Spokane, Wash., where she worked as a medical secretary and office manager for a firm of Spokane doctors. While living in Spokane, Miss Knowles was a freelance journalist.

She was a former president of the Montana State Society and for several years was the society's representative to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. She also was a member of the U.S. Senate Office Staff Club, a group of former U.S. Senate staffers who enjoyed socializing and travel abroad, and the National Capital Democratic Club in Washington. She was an alumnus of Theta Sigma Phi women's journalism society.

Miss Knowles lived in Arlington until November 2002, when she suffered a broken hip that resulted in her move to Carriage Hill.

There are no immediate survivors.